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Author: Evan Belanger


Source: AL.com


Interest: MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State University announced today it has garnered a $336,634 from the National Science Foundation to host its Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The REU program will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program that will provide hands-on research experience in nanotechnology and biotechnology, said Komal Vig, the principal investigator of the ASU research program.


Link: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/04/alabama_state_university_garne.html

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog


Interest: Last year the White House put together its Lab to Market Summit and asked Diane Palmintera and me to co-chair a panel of external experts to review several innovative agency technology transfer programs and come up with “transformational, not incremental” ideas to increase the commercialization of $140 B of federally funded research.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/04/07/take-the-brake-off-federal-tech-transfer/id=48959/

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Author: Timothy B. Lee


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: n Monday, for the first time since 1981, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether software — or more precisely, computer-implemented inventions — can coninue to be patented. The case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, focuses on software built to eliminate “settlement risk” in currency and financial transactions where money is held in escrow and one party could renege on a deal and leave the other holding the bag. Alice Corp. claims that CLS Bank offers a service that infringes on its patent.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/in-new-case-supreme-court-revisits-the-question-of-software-patents/2014/03/28/a3da1c52-ad3a-11e3-9627-c65021d6d572_story.html

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Author: Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International


Source: Utility Products


Interest: The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies that could improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects and generate electricity from renewable energy sources.


Link: http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/elp-archives/2014/03/doe-awards-energy-efficiency-renewable-power-funding-to-small-businesses.html

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Author: Anne Ju


Source: Cornell Chronicle


Interest: Companies that want to advance Cornell’s academic mission while creating jobs in the region can apply to receive tax benefits and other support under a new initiative to revitalize the state’s economy, called START-UP NY (SUNY Tax-Free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate New York).


Link: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/03/tax-free-business-areas-approved-start-ny

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Author: Brianna Bailey


Source: NewsOK.com


Interest: The national nonprofit Venture for America has begun searching for start-up companies to partner with in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The organization is seeking businesses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that are interested in interviewing and hiring members of its 2014 class.


Link: http://newsok.com/nonprofit-considers-oklahoma-for-expansion-of-start-up-fellowship-program/article/3934660

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: The journey from identifying a promising idea to building a thriving business relies on many components, such as talent, mentorship, capital, access to infrastructure, and connections to industry. As the Q4 2013 Index demonstrated, universities are in a unique position to aggregate these components to support the creation of new companies.


Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/bluesky/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-university-startup-bsi-hub,0,2808466.htmlstory

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog.com


Interest: A recent study from the Brookings Institution University Start-Ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer received a lot of coverage in the national media. While the title implies the focus is on expanding academic start-up formation (a laudable goal), The New York Times headline accurately reflects the real message: Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/01/27/does-university-patent-licensing-pay-off/id=47655/

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Author: Charles Luzar


Source: Crowdfund Insider


Interest: Back in the spring of 2013, House Bill 2023 was given its first reading on the Washington State legislature floor. Now almost one year later, the bill is picking up steam.


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/01/30298-everything-need-know-washington-states-crowdfunding-exemption/

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: Over the past decade, Illinois has made significant gains in bringing technologies developed at universities to market. This quarterly edition of the Innovation Index report examines the path that technology takes from inception to commercialization, sheds light on the challenges of technology transfer at academic institutions, and provides insights from new research on university start-ups.


Link: http://bluesky.chicagotribune.com/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-2013-quarter-4-bsi-hub,0,0.htmlstory?track=bluesky-ct-head

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Author: Sara Brumfield


Source: WOUB


Interest: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, took a tour of Ohio University’s Innovation Center on Friday morning to get a glimpse into how the university is working with entrepreneurs to create innovative jobs in the area.


Link: http://woub.org/2014/01/13/sen-portman-talks-jobs-during-visit-ous-innovation-center

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Author: Patrick Clark


Source: Businessweek


Interest: While entrepreneurs wait for federal rules, some states are hammering out their own regulations to enable crowdfunding within their borders. That includes Michigan, where Governor Rick Snyder recently signed a bill allowing companies in his state to use crowdfunding rules to sell equity stakes to Michigan residents, as well as Kansas, which has allowed in-state crowdfunding since 2011. (Investments made across state lines still require the SEC’s blessing.)


Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-07/state-lawmakers-are-getting-on-the-crowdfunding-bandwagon

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Author: Jessica L. Tozer


Source: Armed with Science


Interest: Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division has thrown the switch on newly renovated “Indoor Ocean”. It’s called the Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) facility, and the recent face-lift will help change the way the Navy understands extremes maritime circumstances.


Link: http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/12/24/top-tech-the-navys-indoor-ocean/

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Author: Tallahassee Democrat


Source: Tallahassee Democrat


Interest: It has become a mantra in Tallahassee that our two state universities are potent economic engines — with the potential for even more growth. That potential is in the spotlight again, with Florida State University being named one of the top 100 universities worldwide for new patents granted.


Link: http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20131224/OPINION01/312240002/Our-Opinion-Inventive

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Author: Kansas City Star


Source: Kansas City Star


Interest: NEW ORLEANS — A state legislative committee has approved $350,000 in additional funding for the small-business incubator at Southern University at New Orleans.


Link: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/09/4680576/state-puts-more-money-into-incubator.html

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Author: Matthew Flamm


Source: Crain's New York Business


Interest: Part of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, the new rule is aimed at making it easier for small businesses to raise money. And so far, entrepreneurs taking advantage of the change and broker-dealer sites like CircleUp are getting a lot more attention.


Link: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20131204/SMALLBIZ/131209963#

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Author: Richard Vedder


Source: The Fiscal Times


Interest: But there is another form of university gambling that by most measures is quantitatively far more important: spending on research. It amounts to tens of billions annually, with much of it funded by federal, corporate or other grants.


Link: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/12/02/Big-New-Bloat-University-Research

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Author: Mike Masnick


Source: Techdirt


Interest: For many years we've been incredibly critical of the famous Bayh-Dole Act, which was passed in 1980 with the idea that it would encourage greater innovation by pushing universities to patent the research they were doing.The actual results have been a near total disaster.


Link: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131122/01322825335/patenting-university-research-has-been-dismal-failure-enabling-patent-trolling-its-time-to-stop.shtml

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Author: Matt Crow


Source: News/Talk 790 KFYO


Interest: Texas Tech has announced the receipt of a $300,000 Federal Grant. The Economic Development Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, awarded the grant to Texas Tech University to help build on the South Plains region’s capability in wind and other renewable energy sources that increase innovation and entrepreneurship through technology commercialization.


Link: http://kfyo.com/tech-receives-federal-grant-to-facilitate-technology-transfer/

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Author: Rick Cohen


Source: Nonprofit Quarterly


Interest: Writing for ASBMB Today, the magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham cancer biology Ph.D candidate Mark Stewart looks at crowdfunding as one of the ways scientists are trying to finance their research in this less than supportive federal budget climate. What is interesting in his article are his citations of researchers who took to crowdfunding for their quite esoteric projects.


Link: http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/23280-crowdfunding-for-science.html

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